Labor Unions Lose In SCOTUS Ruling

CAL THOMAS COMMENTARY JULY 2,  2018

IN ONE OF ITS FINAL DECISIONS FOR THIS SESSION, THE SUPREME COURT LAST WEEK TOLD LABOR UNIONS THEY CANNOT REQUIRE FEES FROM THEIR MEMBERS.

THE 5-4 MAJORITY RULED THAT GOVERNMENT WORKERS WHO CHOOSE NOT TO JOIN UNIONS MAY NOT BE REQUIRED TO HELP PAY FOR COLLECTIVE BARGAINING. THE MAJORITY OPINION WRITTEN BY JUSTICE SAMUEL ALITO SAID FORCING WORKERS TO FINANCE UNION ACTIVITY VIOLATES THE FIRST AMENDMENT IN THAT IT COMPELS NONMEMBERS TO SUBSIDIZE PRIVATE SPEECH ON MATTERS OF SUBSTANTIAL PUBLIC CONCERN. 

THE RULING MEANS PUBLIC SECTOR UNIONS, ALREADY UNDER POLITICAL PRESSURE, COULD LOSE TENS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS AND SEE THEIR EFFECTIVENESS DIMINISHED. GOOD AND IT’S ABOUT TIME.

THE RULING WILL SUBSTANTIALLY AFFECT THE DEMOCRAT PARTY BECAUSE UNIONS GIVE LARGE AMOUNTS OF MONEY TO DEMOCRATS. THIS WILL CERTAINLY LEVEL THE PLAYING FIELD AND REDUCE THE POWER OF THE LEFT, WHICH FACES EVEN MORE POWER REDUCTIONS, ASSUMING A SOLID CONSERVATIVE IS NAMEED TO THE COURT TO REPLACE RETIRING JUSTICE ANOTHONY KENNEDY. ALL IN ALL IT’’S BEEN A GOOD SUPREME COURT SESSION. I’M CAL THOMAS.

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